Don Mahleka

Don Mahleka is the co-founder of a youth mental health radio show in Hamilton, Ontario called Revolutionary Lives, which strives to reduce stigma, empower youth through leadership and creative opportunities, and collaborate with existing resources in the mental health system in the Hamilton area. Don and others on his radio show team have hosted youth mental health conferences, where they've advocated for a city-wide youth mental health strategy aligned with recommendations in the Mental Health Strategy for Canada and Evergreen Framework, which provides a vision for transforming Canada’s child and youth mental health system. They also provided key consultation into the implementation of the Youth Wellness centre, Hamilton's first youth transition aged mental health "one-stop shop." Having moved to Canada from Zimbabwe, Don is especially interested in promoting diversity and collaboration among providers of youth mental health services.